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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Dynamics of Youth

3 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
3 videos
What it takes to study development from a developmental systems approach7m
Introduction to Dynamics of Youth and the cohort studies3m
6 readings
General introduction10m
Introduction10m
Applying the developmental systems approach to well-being1h
Optional readings on the developmental systems approach1h
Introduction10m
The YOUth cohort studies15m
4 practice exercises
What do you know already?4m
Test your knowledge on the developmental systems approach8m
How can you make it happen?2m
What do you think of Dynamics of Youth and the cohort studies?4m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Brain and motor development

5 videos (Total 35 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Growing synapses - Interview with a brain researcher3m
Developing motor skills9m
Interview with a human movement scientist5m
WEIRD science6m
6 readings
Introduction10m
Brain plasticity and behaviour1h 30m
Optional reading on the developing brain1h 30m
Optional reading on brain plasticity15m
Introduction3m
The development of motor behavior1h
3 practice exercises
Test your knowledge on brain development10m
Test your knowledge on motor development8m
What did you learn about brain and motor development?2m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Cognitive development

6 videos (Total 35 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Playing (with) rats - Interview with a neurobiologist3m
Rats and synapses - Interview about interdisciplinary collaboration5m
Experimenting teenagers - Interview with a psychologist3m
Applied geography - Interview with a social geographer3m
Embodied cognition, culture and geography7m
2 readings
Introduction10m
More on cognitive development1h 30m
2 practice exercises
Test your knowledge on cognitive development10m
What did you learn about cognitive development?30m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Communication

5 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
'Talking' Zebrafinches - Interview with a biologist3m
Talking to babies - Interview with a linguist3m
Language and machine learning - Interview with a brain imaging expert3m
Language, (embodied) cognition and culture6m
3 readings
Introduction10m
Cracking the code of language1h
Media literacy1h
3 practice exercises
What do you know already about language development?8m
Test your knowledge on speech and language development10m
What did you learn about speech and language development?30m
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Top reviews from Understanding child development: from synapse to society

By RMOct 14th 2018

I have absolutely loved this course. Challenging but accessible. Every week has been engaging. I enjoyed the variety of research papers, video lectures and interviews.

By TASep 28th 2019

Present world is competitive. People don not have time to think about children. This is mostly time demanded to me. I am thankful to be a part of it...

Instructor

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dr. Jorg Huijding

Associate Professor Clinical Child and Family Studies
Education and Pedagogy

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a research university comprising seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56th worldwide. The research focuses on four main strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Our motto is: Bright minds, better future....

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